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Chorlton tops theft survey

Wythenshawe also in top ten theft hotspots

Published on August 6th 2010.


Chorlton tops theft survey

People in Chorlton made more insurance claims for theft than anywhere else in the UK, according to a new survey by moneysupermarket.com.

One in 11 households in the M21 postcode area around Chorlton-cum-Hardy made a claim during 2009. Wythenshawe came seventh in the survey. Ten of the 20 worst postcodes were in London, with Blackheath, Hammersmith and Finsbury Park close behind Chorlton.

Chorlton is one of the areas being pitched at BBC workers moving up from London and is also popular with young professionals and students.

Liberal Democrat councillor for Chorlton, Paul Ankers, told The Guardian: "We did have a spike in burglaries 12 months ago. A lot of that was down to a small number of career burglars and working with the police we've achieved some arrests."

“If you look at the M21 area it is has some of the worst areas of deprivation in Manchester. Nell Lane is one of the top one per cent of most-deprived estates in the country”.

Chorlton neighbourhood police sergeant Steward Chitty said: "Without knowing how these figures are put together it is difficult to say how accurate they are in terms of actual crime reports.

"I will accept that burglary is an ongoing issue across Manchester and every burglary that takes place is a burglary too many, but all crime is coming down year on year."

The 20 UK districts most likely to claim for theft on their home insurance:

  1. Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Firswood, Manchester, 8.65%
  2. Blackheath, south London, 8.17%
  3. Hammersmith, west London, 8.06%
  4. Finsbury Park, north London, 7.94%
  5. Roundhay, Leeds, 7.88%
  6. Bestwood Village, Nottinghamshire, 7.82%
  7. Wythenshawe, Northenden, Manchester, 7.82%
  8. Chiswick, Gunnersbury, Turnham Green, west London, 7.74%
  9. Austhorpe, Leeds, 7.71%
  10. Battersea, south London, 7.66%
  11. Upper Holloway, north London, 7.62%
  12. Gerrards Cross, South Bucks, 7.59%
  13. Southwark, south London, 7.55%
  14. Bishopston, Bristol, 7.53%
  15. Beckenham, Kent, 7.49%
  16. Apperley Bridge, Bradford, 7.46%
  17. Forest Hill, Honor Oak, south London, 7.43%
  18. Enfield, north London, 7.42%
  19. Brixton, south London, 7.27%
  20. Redland, Montpelier, Bristol, 7.27%

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Leigh ScottAugust 6th 2010.

Surely the fact that more people make a claim in Chorlton may also point towards a higher number of active insurance policies (more people are insured). I would question this against Wythenshaw where the majority of the population there are families on low incomes and possibly don't have home insurance.The amount of claims doesn't necessarilly affect the amount of crime.

additionally those who are aware that their insurance premiums might go up year on year by claiming may not wish to claim and therefore not report any crime...

silly report really

Daniel WildAugust 6th 2010.

Good point Scoteee

NortherngeezerAugust 6th 2010.

Chorlton gets a little 'easier' when me bro is on holiday i think ;-)

D KesslerAugust 6th 2010.

Nell Lane most deprived? Haha you are funny! What about the Projects in Chorlton East?

ROLLERGIRLAugust 6th 2010.

I used to work in Chorlton, many moons ago.. I loved it - until I was in 3 armed robberies (all with fire arms)

grapevineAugust 6th 2010.

How about asking owners of bars that are NOT raided who they are paying?

Cludo!August 7th 2010.

Jeez grapevine is that protection stuff still going on?!

GrapevineAugust 7th 2010.

Start on Beech Road

AnonymousAugust 7th 2010.

I used to install burglar alarms 15 years ago in South Manchester and it was worse then. As has been said Chorlton more to nick, easier targets everyone thinks they are in a 'nice' community, and more likely to be insured. Police response to burglar is rubbish, insurers try and jack you, so homeowner adds a bit on to claim, thief sells stuff to buyer who knows its hot, who is the crim here?

Paul MastersAugust 8th 2010.

some people have a robbery every other year they organise it them selfs to get a new telly and some money for their jollys

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